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Organic Cost Share Applications Now Available

Organic farms and companies that sell, process, or package organic agricultural products can now apply for the organic cost share program through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

The 2008 Federal Farm Bill provided funding for this popular program that helps organic farmers and processors pay for their organic certification. Funding comes from the federal government, through the USDA National Organic Program. The program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. 

Application materials are available below or may be requested from Laura Paine, Organic Agriculture Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, at 608-224-5120 or via email at laura.paine@wi.gov.

The program provides for a 75% cost-share of certification costs with a maximum payment of $750 per farm or processor. Certified organic farms and processors are eligible to apply annually for reimbursement. All certified organic farms and handlers are eligible for cost sharing on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for fiscal year 2011 certifications (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011) are being accepted through October 31, 2011.

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